Peter Ardern and Tom Hollower - previous and current Chair of Trustees of The Elizabeth Foundation

Tom Holloway steps up to new role as Chair of Trustees

Portsmouth business leader Tom Holloway was recently confirmed as the new Chair of The Elizabeth Foundation’s Board of Trustees. He takes over the role from the previous Chair, Dr Peter Ardern, who remains on the Board as our longest-serving Trustee.

Our new Chair – Tom Holloway

At the last meeting of the charity’s Board of Trustees at the end of April 2021, Tom Holloway (pictured above, right) assumed the position as Chair. Tom is a Director and Chartered Surveyor at Holloway Iliffe & Mitchell and a father to three young children.

Tom first came into contact with The Elizabeth Foundation during his two-year period of tenure as Chair of The Portsmouth Property Association (PPA). During this time the PPA raised over £11,000 in support of The Elizabeth Foundation’s charitable services.

During this period, Tom was able to see first-hand the charity’s positive impact on teaching deaf children to learn to listen and talk. He also saw how the PPA’s donation would genuinely improve educational and social outcomes for these children. Tom then became a Trustee in 2019.

On taking over as Chair, Tom said, “I am delighted and honoured to be chosen as Chair of Trustees for such a wonderful charity. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Board and the Senior Management Team to ensure that The Elizabeth Foundation continues to excel in the support it offers to deaf children and their families. I would also like to pay tribute to Peter, whose years of dedication are truly an inspiration. We are so glad that he is remaining as a Trustee.”

Our previous Chair – Dr Peter Ardern

Previous Chair of Trustees Dr Peter Ardern (pictured above, left) has been one of The Elizabeth Foundation’s foremost supporters since our earliest days. He is also our longest-serving Trustee. He was one of the original team of friends and parents involved in setting up and developing The Elizabeth Foundation, and also its first Chair of Trustees. Having handed over the role of Chair to Tom, Peter remains as a Trustee.

Julie Hughes, Chief Executive of The Elizabeth Foundation commented, “We cannot thank Peter enough for all his amazing support and positive encouragement over the years. Alongside our other Trustees over the last four decades, he has played a vital role in ensuring that we continued to meet our mission supporting families with children with all degrees of deafness.”

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